Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment by Michael W. Parsons and Thomas E. Hammeke

By Michael W. Parsons and Thomas E. Hammeke

This bestselling, pocket-sized evaluation advisor has been completely up to date to mirror the most recent advancements in medical neuropsychology. Designed in particular to fulfill the desires of neuropsychologists within the early phases in their education, the 3rd version leads clients in the course of the complex technique of assessing, diagnosing, and treating a massive diversity of neurologic, neuropsychological, psychiatric, and behavioral issues and syndromes. New chapters handle cultural neuropsychology, somatic problems, and the connection among drug abuse and impulse regulate issues. all through, appropriate diagnostic details has been up-to-date to mirror the latest DSM-5 standards.

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However, if a patient is perseverative and is also stimulus bound or intrusive on other tasks, it strengthens the evidence for the presence of frontal– executive dysfunction. It is important to observe the patient closely and recognize subtle aspects of performance that may tell you about function in a different domain from the one that is being explicitly tested. Signs of frontal–executive dysfunction can be observed on virtually every task of the examination, and the examiner’s task is to let them occur and recognize them.

C. Motor Tasks Assessing Executive Function As previously mentioned, the neurobehavioral examination can be very rich with observations about patients’ executive functions. The next several tasks are a good illustration of this point. They are motor tasks used primarily to assess frontal lobe function. These include tasks of motor sequencing, repetitive drawing, and behavioral inhibition. Luria (2008) outlined several variations for each of these tasks, and here we highlight several that we frequently use.

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